When setting up your wireless network, you will be asked to create an SSID and WEP key.
SSID is the technical term for a network name. When you set up a wireless home network, you give it a name to distinguish it from other networks in your neighbourhood. You’ll see this name when you connect your computer to your wireless network.
WEP is a standard for wireless security. Your WEP key is an alpha-numeric security password that is required to access your Internet connection. Anyone without this password cannot access your Internet connection.
To set up your wireless network:
- Open your web browser.
- Type http://192.168.2.1 in the address bar and press Enter.
If prompted, enter your username and password. If you haven’t changed the admin username and password to something more secure, enter the defaults:
- Click How do I configure the wireless features of my home network in the left menu.
- Select Yes – enable wireless now and then click Next.
- Type a network name in the SSID box.
- Check off Enable SSID Broadcast to make your network visible to wireless devices.
- Click Next. You will now be asked to create a WEP key.
- Type a password in the Passphrase box (maximum 32 characters).
- Click Generate Keys.
- Write down the string of letters and numbers beside 128 Bit Key. This is the security password (WEP key) that your wireless devices will use to connect to your home network.
- Click Next and then click Finish.
- Click Finish again to return to the main menu.
Note that if you change your network name or WEP code in the future, you’ll have to update the connection information for any devices you connect to the network, such as laptops, tablets, smartphones or wireless printers.